Streamline Coaches Intermediate Football League, Round 14 – Sunday 22nd August
Too little, too late!
Team: Jamie Smith, Colin Reilly, Damien Matthews, Garry Calvert, Keith Daly, Johnny Reilly, Stephen McGuirk 0-7, Barry Patterson 0-2, Mark Daly 0-2, Noel Carroll 0-1, Niall McKeown, Martin Carroll, Mark McGuirk 0-1, Paul McKeown 0-2 and Keelan Clerkin.
Subs: Liam Connolly for Damien Matthews, Dwayne Rooney for Paul McKeown.
A famous American coach was once questioned after losing a game and he said something to the effect like “in my entire career, I never lost a single game….I just ran out of time”. It struck me that this quotation was very adequate to describe our encounter last Sunday (22nd August) against Tyholland. In what were perfect conditions, the two sides served up a very open game of football but a dubious goal in the 7th minute of the second half proved the difference as Tyholland emerged winners to came away with the spoils on a score-line Tyholland 1-14 Rockcorry 0-15.
Within forty seconds of the throw-in Tyholland kicked wide but a minute later they registered the first score of the game with a fine point. Noel Carroll kicked wide in the 3rd minute, but we opened our account shortly afterwards when Paul McKeown slotted over having linked up well with Mark Daly and Keelan Clerkin. Good defending by Garry Calvert and Damien Matthews in the 5th minute prevented a possible Tyholland score and when we launched a counter-attack Martin Carroll’s effort at the uprights drifted narrowly wide. In the 6th minute Noel Carroll collected a pass from Paul McKeown but his effort was blocked and Tyholland broke down the field at pace and fisted the ball over the bar to take the lead.
A minute later Stephen McGuirk intercepted a pass and he surged forward with a determined solo run and finished in style when he rifled over a lovely point to draw the sides level on 0-2 apiece. Tyholland regained the lead immediately as our defence appeared very charitable and allowed them to walk through to hit over. We equalised in the 9th minute when Johnny Reilly made a well timed tackle and he found Noel Carroll who made a trademark solo run through the heart of the Tyholland defence and he teed up Mark McGuirk who showed good composure and slotted over a great point.
Tyholland kicked wide in the 11th minute but they did manage to drop one over in the 12th minute and things could off got a lot worst for us when they broke through our defence a minute later but luckily they fired over the bar when perhaps a goal was on the cards and they extended their lead to three points when they placed the ball over the bar in the 13th minute to open up a three point gap 0-6 to 0-3. We replied instantly as Niall McKeown collected the breaking ball and delivered a lovely pass to Barry Patterson who curled over a sweet point from the left wing but Tyholland restored their three point advantage moments later when they scored a fine point.
Damien Matthews fouled his opponent in the 15th minute and Tyholland duly converted the free-kick to open up a four point gap. Johnny Reilly had an opportunity to reduce the gap but his effort drifted wide following good work by Keelan Clerkin. Martin Carroll thwarted a Tyholland attack, in the 20th minute, he off-loaded to Mark Daly who made a surging solo run goal bound and he slipped through a pass to Mark McGuirk but he was quickly surrounded by Tyholland defenders and the attack came to nothing and as they broke down field they stretched their lead to five points when they scored a neat point.
The ensuing kick-out was broken down by Martin Carroll and Keith Daly won the breaking ball and he delivered a measured pass into Paul McKeown who was hauled down and the free-kick was brought up for dissent and Stephen McGuirk coolly sailed over a wonderful kick. Tyholland missed opportunities in the 26th and 27th minutes and when Keelan Clerkin was brought down in the 28th minute Mark Daly stepped up and glided over the free-kick. A minute later Tyholland regained their four point advantage and in additional time at the end of the first half Paul McKeown fired over to leave the score at the interval Tyholland 0-10 Rockcorry 0-7.
When play resumed Tyholland opened the scoring in the 3rd minute and a minute later Mark McGuirk was fouled but Mark Daly’s free-kick attempt fell short and the Tyholland goal-keeper easily collected and cleared his lines. In the 5th minute, Stephen McGuirk bisected the uprights following good work by Paul McKeown and when Noel Carroll collected a pass from Niall McKeown he scored a superb point to narrow the gap to two points 0-11 to 0-9.
A promising Tyholland attack was snuffed out by Garry Calvert in the 6th minute and his pass to Keith Daly cleared the danger but unfortunately we lost possession as it resulted in a sideline ball for Tyholland. The resulting sideline ball was delivered down the right wing and when they launched a long ball across our goal mouth it deceived our defenders, as they thought it was going wide, but it was kept in play by the Tyholland corner forward who turned and shot for goals but it appeared that Jamie Smith saved the day when he made a terrific diving save but the umpire maintained the ball crossed the line and the referee awarded the goal! This goal lifted the home side and they pushed their advantage home when they notched over another point to give them a comfortable 1-12 to 0-9 lead.
We responded instantly when Stephen McGuirk converted a free-kick after his younger brother Mark was fouled but this was cancelled out shortly afterwards when Tyholland clinched a point from play after capitalising on more careless passing. Stephen McGuirk converted another free-kick, in the 14th minute, after Paul McKeown was dragged down but when Damien Matthews was deemed to foul his opponent a minute later the resulting free-kick was off-target but they made amends shortly afterwards when they fired over from play to open up a six point gap 1-14 to 0-11.
Barry Patterson got his second when he slotted over from the left flank in the 18th minute and Stephen McGuirk showed his accuracy once again in the 19th minute when he split the uprights after Mark McGuirk was fouled. At this stage of the game Liam Connolly and Dwayne Rooney were introduced into the game for Damien Matthews and Paul McKeown respectively and Dwayne soon got into the action but his attempt at the uprights, in the 21st minute was off target.
A minute or so later, we surged forward and when Johnny Reilly was put through on goals his shot went wide via the woodwork. Keith Daly kicked wide in the 24th minute, following good approach play by Garry Calvert, Stephen McGuirk and Keelan Clerkin. Gary McQuaid was dismissed in the 25th minute when he picked up his second yellow for a tackle on Noel Carroll and Stephen McGuirk gave us a glimmer of hope when he taped over the free-kick to leave just a kick of the ball separating the teams. In the closing stages we launched frantic attacks but were denied any real goal chances and while we battled hard the goal that we badly needed never materialised and all we could manage was a point from Mark Daly in the 28th minute to leave the final score Tyholland 1-14 Rockcorry 0-15.